The Master's programme Commercial Law for Business Practice
Scientific directors: Prof. Dr. jur. Michael Anton; Prof. Dr. jur. Stephan Weth
Legal knowledge in business practice
Practising economists as well as self-employed entrepreneurs and administration secretaries need to consider numerous legal frameworks in their everyday work in order to be able to make legally relevant decisions.
The German-language Master's programme is aimed at professionals who work in businesses, public administration or are self-employed and have tasks and duties related to legal questions. Excluded are persons with a first state examination in law.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills with which to recognise legal opportunities and dangers in their everyday business activities and to make decisions on when external, professional legal know-how is required.
Graduates of the Master's programme are awarded a diploma from the Saarland University, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Laws (LL.M.) as well as a German- and English-language diploma supplement.
The distance learning programme comprises ten compulsory modules that focus on, for example
- Contract and labour law,
- Commercial and company law,
- Cross-border contracts,
- Tax and accounting law,
- Credit and credit security,
- Commercial, commercial administrative and commercial criminal law,
- Internet law and intellectual property.
Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus events, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.
Schedule and organisation
The distance learning programme in Commercial Law for Business Practice has a standard period of study of four semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once per semester over a (long) weekend in Kaiserslautern, Speyer or Saabrücken. The written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 20 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in assignments, successfully participate in an online seminar, take examinations, write a term paper and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 990 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 108 per semester. The one-time fee for the Master's thesis is EUR 500. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social fee is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study; this does not apply to the Master's thesis fee. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Subject to change.
The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:
- the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
- the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
- the enrolment regulations.
The specific admission requirements for Saarland University and this programme can be accessed here.
Professionally qualified persons without a university degree have the opportunity to take an aptitude test under certain requirements.
The aim of the aptitude test is to determine whether candidates with professional experience but no university degree have comparable skills and knowledge to candidates with a completed undergraduate degree. The application for admission to the aptitude test must be submitted to the Juristisches Prüfungsamt (Examination office of the Faculty of Law).
For more information on deadlines or requirements, please click here.
The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.
The distance learning programme's scientific directors are Prof. Dr. jur. Michael Anton (Saarland University) and Prof. Dr. jur. Stephan Weth (Saarland University). The distance learning programme Commercial Law for Business Practice is organised in cooperation with the Faculty of Law at Saarland University as well as Alpmann Schmidt - Juristische Lehrgänge Verlagsgesellschaft mbH und Co. KG.
The distance learning programme Commercial Law for Business Practice is accredited to award the academic degree Master of Laws (LL.M.). The programme received system accreditation through Saarland University's "UdS-Qualitätspass".